This site has been a find because it airs all those thoughts and comments that in many cases are well hidden in our memories. I did read a string about smells, gave it some thought, and jotted down the following.
I think we all learn that there are specific smells that are indelibly marked in our memories, often lasting a lifetime. I know that at a fairly young age there were certain smells, and I don’t necessarily mean the bodily ones, that were to be found in the bathroom.
In our house if someone was to be soon getting an enema or maybe just had one, the distinctive odor of Ivory soap lingered in the air. Also, the enema bag, despite being several years old, had a distinct scent of rubber. One whiff and all of us would immediately know what had or what was about to transpire.
Bathrooms also have those distinct odors of cosmetics, but when I was growing up one of these had a distinct minty smell to it. I never really associated it with anything until I went away to college and began dating. Only then did I learn that that minty smell was from douche. A wintergreen like scent was typical of Massengill, a popular brand of both liquid and powder concentrate, while a peppermint scent was from Zonite liquid. During those college years I dated girls that used each of these. Each also was always accompanied by that familiar faint odor of rubber from their syringe.
Other memorable odors have to include the smell of feminine deodorant spray that many women used in the 1970s. Some of the girls used it every day, while others only when they had their time of the month. Some sprays were not much different from the Right Guard that I used, but others were like baby powder and distinctive.
Now, fast forward to today when that wonderful scent of rubber will linger in our bathroom. Sometimes it is also with that of Ivory soap, but gone are the odors of mint and instead one of vinegar because those douche concentrates are a thing of the past. Each smell, though, brings back memories and in some cases are still cause for excitement.